|Subject / Grade:||Band / All Grades|
|"To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable."|
|-- Aaron Copland|
Welcome to the website for the Casteel Colt Band! Here you'll find contact information for the director, weekly updates and events, current pieces of music for practicing, and any other general announcements. Please feel free to check out the website, and please do not hesitate to contact the director with any questions!
My Education and Professional Background
A graduate of the University of Arizona (BM), I began my career teaching in middle school and elementary school band. During my time at the UA, I was the Drum Major for the Pride of Arizona Marching Band for three years. In this role, I became known for my high-energy and passionate performing and teaching style, receiving notice all across the PAC12 conference. Also while at the UA, I was part of the internationally acclaimed UA Wind Ensemble, serving as principal clarinet. I have also been acc epted to study wind conducting and teaching techniques in workshops at UCLA, Northwestern, and Michigan State. As a young professional, I've worked with award-winning local high schools as professional staff and serve as an educator and clinician with the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy, teaching leadership, conducting, and rehearsal techniques to student leaders across the country. This will be my second year in CUSD, and I am very excited to be part of the Casteel Band from the ground up!
My Educational Philosophy
My philosophy rotates around the simple idea that band is for all. I believe that every student should have access to a band program and participate to the best of their ability. As evidenced by countless research, studying music has incredible impacts on all areas of a student’s life. Music communities provide structure, discipline, and probably the most important: passion. When approaching programming and the daily activities of the Casteel band, we will focus on developing a solid foundation for our band to grow through technique and solid, consistent tone production. Challenge and encouragement are what grow a band program, and it is crucial that it is framed through positivity. Throughout my teaching and own experiences as a student, I have striven to create a love for band and playing an instrument. It is my goal when students graduate from the Casteel Band Program to be not only life-long music lovers, but also life-long participants and advocates for music education.
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